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What is a portion? Why count calories?

What is a portion? Below are some examples of what constitutes 1 portion of each food group.

A healthy balanced diet is important for a maintaining good health. It improves general wellbeing, helps with weight management and reduce the risk of long term conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Why count calories?

If you are trying to lose or gain weight, it is useful to have an understanding of the amount of calories in the foods and drink you consume. Knowing the calorie contents of food helps us to carefully select the types of food we eat so that we can avoid excess, choose healthier options and maintain a healthy weight. 1 kilogram is 7,000 calories, so if you consume just 100 calories per day more than your requirements  e.g. by eating one or two biscuits each day), in one year this is equal to 36,500 calories. This could mean a weight gain of around 5 kg (10lb) in one year, just by having 100 calories per day more  than you need.

Below are some examples of what constitutes 1 portion of each food group.

Fruit and vegetables:

ONE portion = 80g = any of these

  • 1 apple, banana, pear, orange or other similar sized fruit
  • 2 plums or similar sized fruit
  • ½ a grapefruit or avocado
  • 1 slice of large fruit, such as melon or pineapple
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of vegetables (raw, cooked, frozen or tinned)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of beans and pulses (however much you eat, beansand pulses count as a maximum of 1 portion a day)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of fruit salad (fresh or tinned in fruit juice) or stewed fruit
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of dried fruit (such as raisins and apricots)
  • 1 handful of grapes, cherries or berries
  • a dessert bowl of salad
  • a glass (150ml) of fruit juice (however much you drink, fruit juice counts as a

maximum of 1 portion a day)

Bread, cereal, rice and pasta and potatoes:

  • 1 slice bread
  • 1 egg sized potato
  • 3 tbsp breakfast cereal
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of cooked pasta and rice

Milk and dairy:

  • 200 ml of milk
  • 150g low fat yoghurt
  • 125g cottage cheese
  • 30g hard cheese

Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy source of protein:

  • 85g-100g cooked meat or fish
  • 3-4 tablespoons of dried beans
  • 2 eggs
  •  tablespoons of nuts or seed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madelena

nutrition&weight management

herbal medicine

MLD therapiest

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Signs of toxic overload

Signs of toxic overload

Answer the following questions as truthfully as you can.
The aim of a detox programme are to reduce the workload of the digestive system, allowing it to perform more efficiently, and to stimulate the parts of your body that are responsible for cleansing and elimination.
The food detox programme improves the digestive system and immunity, increases the actions of the liver and kidneys, the main organ of detoxification.

However  to get the most out of detoxing you need to look after your mind as well as your body. Well being depends on maintaining a balance between your emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health, and if this balance is upset it disrupts your body’s harmony and leads to ill health.

Assess your toxic load

1) Do you feel tired when you wake up in the morning even though you have had enough sleep?
2 ) Do you drink more than 3 cups of coffees, tea or caffeinated fizzy drinks such as cola day?
3) Do you suffer from skin rashes, spot around the mouth or eczema?
4) Do you suffer from bloating after meals?
5) Do you have an alcoholic drink most days?
6) Do you smoke or libe with smokers?
7) Do you live or work in a city?
8) Do you rarely eat fresh fruit or vegetables?
9) Do you eat read meat more than twice a week?
10) Do you eat fried food and junk foods?
11) Do you suffer from constant colds, hay fever or allergies?
12. Do you have mood swings?
13) Do you crave certain foods such as sweets and bread?
14) Do you skip meals, especially breakfast?
15) Do you put weight easily?
16) Do you find difficult co concentrate?
17) Do you often have irregular bowel movement ( constipation or diarrhoea)?
18) Do your joint or muscle sometimes ache?
19) Do you feel tired and lethargic most of the time?
20) Do you suffer from fungal infections such as thrush, athlete’s foot or ringworm?

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